URI President Robert Carothers to be
named honorary senator by German university
KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 1, 1999 -- University of
Rhode Island President Robert L. Carothers will be named Honorary Senator
of the Technical University of Braunschweig in Braunschweig, Germany on
Carothers will be the first non-German to receive
the honor, which is held by only eight other living persons.
Among those holding the honor are the current minister
president of the German State of Lower Saxony, Gerhard Gloglowski, and the
former chief executive officer of Volkswagen, Karl Hahn.
The ceremony will be held as part of a meeting
of the Advisory Board of URI's International Engineering Program, which
leads students for degrees in both language and engineering. The program
unites the efforts of humanities and engineering faculty, the private and
public sectors, as well as universities at home and abroad. It includes
an exchange partnership with the Technical University of Braunschweig. With
an enrollment of 15,000, it is Germany's oldest and one of the leading technical
"It is a great honor to represent the men
and women of the University of Rhode Island who have built this wonderful
model of international partnership," said President Carothers. "I
am particularly grateful to President Bernd Rebe for his leadership and
Carothers has been a strong supporter of the International
Engineering Program and has been part of the effort to build an exchange
with Braunschweig, which includes the unique opportunity to complete degrees
at the partner schools. About 30 students currently participate in the exchange
between URI and Braunschweig each year.
This fall, 15 URI students will travel to Germany
and 17 Braunschweig students will come to URI's Kingston Campus.
Begun in 1987, the URI International Engineering
Program, also offers programs in Spanish and French. The partnership with
Braunschweig is five years old.
President Bernd Rebe of the German university has
led the effort to recognize Carothers' leadership in encouraging partnerships
inside and outside of the University's walls.
"President Rebe wanted to honor President
Carothers for the special relationship that has developed between the two
schools," said URI Professor John Grandin, director of the International
Engineering Program and chair of URI's Department of Languages. "He
and President Carothers have gained a great deal of respect for each other."
Grandin said Carothers will be presented with a
framed, hand-written certificate documenting his appointment as Senator
and a medallion.
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